Governor and first partner to host 90th Annual California State Capitol Tree Lighting


The celebration dates back to the early 1930s

– California Governor Gavin Newsom and inaugural partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom to host 90th edition California State Capitol Tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, December 2, 2021.

The celebration, which dates back to the early 1930s, will highlight California’s diverse holiday traditions, Indigenous heritage and spirit of inclusion.

Performers for this year’s celebrations will include program hosts Renel Brooks-Moon and Todd Leitz, announcers for the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, respectively, as well as actress and singer Amber Riley, the Wilton Rancheria Tribe. , Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, SF Gay Men’s Chorus, mariachi singer Pedrito Fregoso, and R&B singer-songwriter and youngster from the Sacramento area talk about poet Danielle “Yelly” Scales.

“After months of hiding, we are grateful to have once again the opportunity to safely bring together and honor the many traditions of California’s diverse communities during the holiday season,” Gov. Newsom said. “Let’s celebrate the spirit of strength, hope and resilience that resides within us all.”

“The Tree Lighting Ceremony is a beloved, centuries-old tradition that gives us the opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come as Californians,” said first partner Siebel Newsom. “It is also an opportunity to reinvigorate the spirit of ‘ours to us’ and our shared commitment to one another – especially those in need – this holiday season and beyond.”

The Governor and First Partner will light the State Capitol Tree with special guest Hadiyyah Esmat. The six-year-old from Dublin, Calif., Has been selected by the California Department of Developmental Services and the Regional Center of the East Bay, and will represent more than 360,000 Californians living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In first grade at John Green Elementary School, Hadiyyah is very curious and enjoys spending time in nature, enjoying activities like hiking and swimming. She loves to eat Afghani food, which her mother makes at home during the holiday season. Family is most important to Hadiyyah, who will be joined on Capitol Hill by her mother, aunt, uncle and cousin.

The 2021 State Capitol Tree is a 65-foot-tall white fir from the LaTour Demonstration State Forest near Redding in Shasta County, which is managed by Cal Fire. The tree will be illuminated by approximately 14,000 ultra-low wattage LED lights and is decorated with over 300 traditional ornaments and approximately 500 ornaments handcrafted by children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The event will be televised live on the office of the Governor of California Youtube, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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